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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Cleveland County Sheriff attacks rural crime


Crime is down in the Slaughterville area because of a recent operation by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. The two-month long operation resulted in an 83 percent drop in crime in the rural community.

“I am very proud of the CCSO team,” said Sheriff Todd Gibson. “Our Operations leadership worked with the men and women in the field to plan and execute an efficient and highly effective plan that attacked crime at the core, using evidence-proven practices including prevention through increased law enforcement presence, dialogue with the community about trouble areas and focus on repeat offenders in the area.”

On Tuesday June 18, Chief Deputy Jose Chavez presented the Town of Slaughterville with a citation as a “Safe City” in recognition of the town and its residents work with CCSO to reduce crime in and around the township.

“We at the Town of Slaughterville want to express our sincere appreciation to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office for the services they provide to our community,” said Slaughterville City Manager Marsha Blair. “The recent DDACTS (Data Driven) Operation was a great project and huge success showing a dramatic reduction in the crime in our area.”

None of this would have been possible, Gibson said, if it weren’t for alert dispatch operators who noted and tracked an uptick of crime in and around Slaughterville.

In March, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division (dispatch) alerted leadership to a spike in Slaughterville property crimes, showing through statistical data that business and residential burglaries, larcenies, and vehicle thefts were on the increase.

In response, Chavez and Capt. Jeff Cox worked with the Impact Team and patrol deputies to design an operational plan to reduce crime in the target area.

Detectives in Criminal Investigations, dispatch operators and deputies throughout the agency joined with patrol and the Impact Team to provide extra coverage and run the operation over the course of two months.

During the operation, CCSO did 744 premise checks and made 237 traffic stops to reduce crime through an increased presence. The Impact Team engaged with the community, and deputies followed leads and responded quickly to calls due to the increased presence and feedback by the people in the area who were being victimized.

Additionally, repeat offenders were given special attention, with some caught in the act of commission and with stolen property.

In addition to the decreased crime statistics in the target area, two stolen vehicles and a tractor were recovered (these are not reflected on the crime statistics since they were recovered during or shortly after the theft).

“Everyone played a crucial role,” Chavez said of the interagency effort. “I could not be more pleased.”

Chavez said CCSO will continue to monitor activity in Slaughterville, working with town leaders on prevention education and increased communication with area residents.

Blair said the extra visibility of the Sheriff’s deputies was “reassuring to the law-abiding citizens as well as a deterrent for those who are up to no good.”

She also commended Chavez for his monthly reports at the Slaughterville town meetings.

“We cannot express enough our gratitude for the dedication and support of the entire Sheriff’s Office team who give so much to keep our community safe,” Blair said.  “Also, I would like to say a special thank you to Chief Chavez who gives monthly reports at our town meetings. His reports are a highlight of the meetings and provides an excellent communication between our agencies.”

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